Rockford Rescue Mission is recognized as the region’s primary provider of assistance to the homeless,
near-homeless, addicted and working poor in the Rock River Valley.
Rockford Rescue Mission shares hope and help in Jesus’ name to move people from homelessness and despair toward personal and spiritual wholeness.
Hello and welcome to Rockford Rescue Mission!
In 2021, we mark 57 years of serving the homeless and hurting in our community and region. Sadly, homelessness and addiction remain significant pain points in Rockford. The pandemic has only intensified this, while challenging our staff and community not only to persevere, but to prayerfully innovate.
While Rockford Rescue Mission has changed significantly since 1964, our mission never changes: We share hope and help in Jesus’ name to move people from homelessness and despair toward personal and spiritual wholeness. Our Crisis Centers provide food and shelter to hundreds of men, women and children each day. Our Life Recovery Programs offer long-term, Christ-centered help and hope for men and women struggling with addiction, domestic violence and other desperate circumstances.
We believe in “whole person” care — always with Christ at the center. To that end, we offer an amazing range of services that people usually don’t equate with a rescue mission. These include:
Your prayer, financial and volunteer support make all of this possible. Our Mission residents and guests feel blessed and encouraged, knowing they have neighbors, churches and businesses standing beside them and supporting their recovery. If you haven’t already, please consider partnering with us. Your impact will last for eternity.
Ann Dittmar, Chair
Attorney: Guyer & Enichen P.C.
Tim Clauson, Vice Chair
International Playground Director:
Kids Around the World
Doug Warren, Treasurer
Trust Officer: Midland States Bank
Char Remer, Secretary
Retired: School Administrator
Ronald Billy, Jr.
Architect: Tyson & Billy Architects PC
Attorney: Schlueter Ecklund & Davitt
Professor: Dominican University
Retired: ComEd Human Resources
President: Heartwood Creations
Rev. Robert David Aldridge
Pastor, Bethany Presbyterian Church
Rev. Peder Carlson
Retired Presbyterian Pastor
Rev. Gordon E. Hanstad
Retired Baptist General Conference Pastor
Rev. James H. Harness
Retired Minister & Missionary
Pastor Steven Cossey
Total Faith Community Church
CEO, Todd Transit
Rev. Dwight Zuercher
Retired Baptist Pastor
The Launch of Hope Place
2020-21: The Mission perseveres and innovates as an essential service during the global COVID-19 pandemic. Periodic quarantines and lockdowns are implemented to keep residents, guests and staff safe. In 2020 for the only time ever, all community meals and the Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners are served to-go.